Author Frances White’s new book “Death by Vaudeville” is a spellbinding true story of obsession and murder in 1920s-era Los Angeles

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Recent release “Death by Vaudeville: A Journey Back from the End of the World” from Page Publishing author Frances White is a gripping and potent history of the Smith family, and the tragic circumstances leading to one man’s descent into a homicidal rage that resulted in a fifteen-year sentence in California’s notorious Folsom Prison. With decades of detailed genealogical research and a keen sense of empathy, the author brings the story of her grandmother’s family and the consequences of the tragedy and redemption of her great uncle’s life to vivid life on the pages of this book.

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Frances White, an avid genealogist living in central Michigan, has completed her new book “Death by Vaudeville: A Journey Back from the End of the World”: an enthralling work inspired by the life, love, and death of her great-uncle, Robert Lawrence Victor Smith.

He only wanted the family he lost at the age of ten. His young bride wanted to be a star. So, when opportunity knocked, this young chauffeur took his wife out of Deadwood and headed for Los Angeles to make their dreams come true. Only after a few short months on the road Robert learned his wife Violet has turned her head toward a Vaudeville agent, who promised her fame, fortune, and expensive gifts, turning his dreams into a nightmare. This is not just a genealogist’s tale, but the untold story of love, betrayal and murder of the vermin who would destroy everything. Now, a.k.a. Zane R. Southern has to fight not only for his wife, but also for his life. However, facing the gallows doesn’t seem as hard as the thought of losing her. This story is based on the real life of Robert Lawrence Victor Smith, and the events that led to his journey back from the end of the world.

Published by Page Publishing, Frances White’s engrossing book is a riveting true story that keeps the pages turning until the poignant conclusion.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Death by Vaudeville: A Journey Back from the End of the World” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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